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Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors

The Executive Committee is composed of:  the duly elected Officers; the Immediate Past Chairman; three Regional Directors elected by the Directors from the regional sectors; and the President.

The Board of Directors composed of: a Director duly elected from each state listed in Article IV of the By-Laws; the duly elected Officers; and the Immediate Past Chairman. 

Board Resources

Executive Committee

Samuel Powers
Samuel Powers
CeCD Community & Economic Development Director City of Asheville (828)259-5433
Chairman
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta
Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP (336)856-7150
1st Vice Chairman
Will Williams
Will Williams
President/CEO Economic Development Partnership (803)641-3300
2nd Vice Chairman
Bob Helton
Bob Helton
Executive Director Morehead Rowan County Economic Development (606)784-5874
Secretary / Treasurer
Robert E. Leak, Jr.
Robert E. Leak, Jr.
President Winston-Salem Business Inc. 7238955
Immediate Past Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
President
Blake Wallace
Blake Wallace
Executive Director Hinds County Economic Development Authority (601)353-6056
Southeast Regional Director
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
CEcD Sr. Vice President of Economic Development Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council (913)766-7612
Western Regional Director

State Directors

Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold
President & CEO Marshall County Economic Development Council (256)582-5100
Alabama Director
JD Lowery
JD Lowery
Manager - Community and Economic Development Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas (501)570-2274
Arkansas Director
Scott Poag
Scott Poag
CEcD Director of Business Development W&A Engineering (706)726-9706
Georgia Director
Keith Norden
Keith Norden
President & CEO Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation (386)265-6332
Florida Director
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
CEcD Sr. Vice President of Economic Development Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council (913)766-7612
Kansas Director
Ben Fontenot
Ben Fontenot
International Project Manager Louisiana Economic Development (225)342-4058
Louisiana Director
Blake Wallace
Blake Wallace
Executive Director Hinds County Economic Development Authority (601)353-6056
Mississippi Director
Loren Hill
Loren Hill
President High Point Economic Development Corporation (336)883-3116
North Carolina Director
Andy McMillan
Andy McMillan
CEcD, EDFP Director, Economic Development & Special Projects Cherokee Nation Businesses (918)384-7774
Oklahoma Director
Stuart Ames
Stuart Ames
Manager-Economic Development-SC Duke Energy (843)661-4195
South Carolina Director
Kathy Price
Kathy Price
CEcD Executive Director McMinn Economic Development Authority (423)745-1506
Tennessee Director
James O'Donley
James O'Donley
Regional Manager Economic Development BNSF Railway Company (817)867-6137
Texas Director
Chris Gullickson
Chris Gullickson
Director, Economic Development Virginia Port Authority 7576832123
Virginia Director
Libby Adams
Libby Adams
Executive Director Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, Inc. (502)633-5068
Kentucky Director
Robert L. Morris
Robert L. Morris
Executive Director Randolph County Development Authority (304)637-0803
West Virginia Director

Alternate State Directors

Rick Clifton
Rick Clifton
President/ CEO Covington County EDC (334)222-7040
Alabama Alternate Director
Ivy Owen
Ivy Owen
Executive Director Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (479)452-4554
Arkansas Alternate Director
Bill Cronin
Bill Cronin
President/CEO Pasco Economic Development Council (813)926-0827
Florida Alternate Director
Greg Wright
Greg Wright
Sr. Dir, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC (678)423-6807
Georgia Alternate Director
Kristi Lumpkin
Kristi Lumpkin
Economic Development Administrator City of Ruston (318)251-8643
Louisiana Alternate Director
Jon Maynard
Jon Maynard
President and CEO Oxford-Lafayette County EDF (662)234-4651
Mississippi Alternate Director
Scott Sattler
Scott Sattler
EDFP Executive Director Perry County Economic Development Authority (573)547-1097
Missouri Alternate Director
Ken Allen
Ken Allen
Assistant Director of Economic Development Rockingham County Center for Economic Development and Tourism (336)552-5197
North Carolina Alternate Director
Lyle Lynn Roggow
Lyle Lynn Roggow
President Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (580)255-9675
Oklahoma Alternate Director
Brian Gwin
Brian Gwin
Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation (803)748-1284
South Carolina Alternate Director
John Duncan
John Duncan
Director of Economic Development Town of Collierville 9014572213
Tennessee Alternate Director
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady
President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District (281)354-4419
Texas Alternate Director
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
JD Senior Vice President, Economic Development Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce 901.543.3516
Virginia Alternate Director
Mark Whitley
Mark Whitley
Executive Director Jackson County Development Authority (304)372-1151
West Virginia Alternate Director